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The life of a competition dancer

By Marie Goldstein, Staff Writer
@Marie_Goldstein

If you think  Abby Lee Miller’s Dance Moms is merely scripted, entertaining reality TV you are wrong. This is actually how competition dance works. Your best friend is your worst enemy, your mom is way too invested in the competition, you spend hours every night at the studio, and as much as everybody says school comes first it just doesn’t.

I lived this life through middle school and high school, and though I’m glad I did it, looking back on it I am shocked at how absurd it is.

Let’s start with the schedule of a competition dance student. My dance day started after school at 3:30 p.m. and I didn’t leave the studio until 10 p.m. every day other than Friday, leaving me hardly any time to do homework or to have a social life. Because of the time commitment, the studio is your home and your classmates became your best friends. The sense of community at my studio was amazing and I rarely felt like I was competing with my friends because they did a good job making sure we all got our chance to shine. However, this is not how most dance studios run, as you can see in the popular reality TV show, Dance Moms. The busy schedule was the least crazy of the insane things that I had to do as a competition dancer. In a way I thought the busy schedule was good for me because it taught me early on how to manage my time effectively and as my mom always said as she paid her “Dance Mortgage” as she like to call it, “I rather have you in the studio than on the streets.”

The expenses of competition dance seriously makes me question my career choice and makes me want to open up a studio of my own. At my studio you were required to take two ballet classes a week and on top of that I took private lessons. Classes, travel expenses and costume fees become extremely costly. Many students have to work at the studio to pay their bill every month. I learned at a young age how much it cost, and how lucky I was to have parents who supported my dancing. It also made me more accountable, since each class was costly.

The experience of competition dancing made me grow up quicker than some of my peers. I had to go to competitions on my own at a young age. At the age of 10, I could do my own competition makeup including fake eyelashes, which was both bizarre and impressive.

Though the cost was high, the benefits were too. And as someone who has lived through competition dance life, I’m here to offer you some insight for the next time you tune into the TLC favorite.

Top five nature spots on campus

By Marie Goldstein, Staff Writer

One of the best things about Boston is the nature that is nestled within the city. As Boston University students, we should all get out there and take advantage of these secret grassy getaways.

BU Beach:

This is BU favorite, and the most well known nature spot on campus. Whether students are looking for a place to do some homework, hang out with friends, or throw a Frisbee, this is the place to go. Whenever the weather permits, it is common to see girls in bikinis laying on the incline, while listening to the cars driving by and the “waves” of the Charles River. Students frequently catch a glimpse of fraternity men painting the Greek rock. Placed along beautiful Bay State Road, I would say this is definitely a place to make memories during your years at BU.

The COM Lawn:

Another popular destination on a sunny day is the grassy lawn in front of the College of Communication. With the sound of the fountain and the soft spray hitting your face with every gust of wind, this feels like paradise when students are trying to get work done or just hang out in between classes. Bring a towel to lay on the grass or snag a seat on one of the many stone benches around the fountain and walkway.

West Campus:

West campus is definitely greener than most parts of the BU campus. The patches of grass serve as great places to lay out in a bikini, watch the soccer and lacrosse games or to get some studying done. However, because of all the people who live in Rich, Sleeper and Claflin Halls, as well as in StuVi1 and StuVi2, you better get there early on nice sunny days before it gets packed.

Amory Park:

This park is hidden within South campus and Brookline. This park is a favorite for Brookline families and students that live in the area. The rolling green grass and Hall’s Pond make it hard to believe it’s still in Boston. This is the perfect place to walk a dog or have a picnic with friends on the weekends.

Charles River Esplanade: 

Although most commonly used for its running trails, the Esplanade is one of Boston’s prime nature locations because of the location next to the beautiful Charles River.  Watch the sailboats go by from the grass, while chatting with a friend on a bench or on the docks that line the riverbanks.

Eating healthy on campus

By Marie Goldstein, Staff Writer

We all know how easy it is just to grab a slice of pizza in the dining hall. Trust me, when you go home for winter break and you can’t fit into your favorite holiday sweater, you’re going to wish you waited in line for that Sargent Choice option. Lucky for us, we’re at a university that has plenty healthy options! Here are your top five healthy food dining options on campus:

Loose Leafs:

Located both in the GSU and Buick Street Café, this is a popular destination on campus. This is not your typical boring salad; every trip to Loose Leafs is a surprise and you will rarely have a duplicate salad. Fresh toppings ensure your salad is unique to your pallet!

Sargent Choice Options:

Sargent Choice dining options are located in every dining hall on campus along with Buick Street Café and the GSU. Our fellow students in the Sargent nutrition program create these options and they have exceeded our expectations! Who knew that eating pizza, soups, salads and even deserts could be healthy? Most Sargent Choice options are made with whole grains, extra fruits and veggies, low-fat dairy products, lean proteins and heart-healthy oils. This is a great way to eat healthy if you have a meal plan!

Pinkberry:

Pinkberry mania has taken over campus now, because who doesn’t love frozen yogurt in-between classes? Finally, a healthy option to alternate with the ice cream at Rhetts across the way. At Pinkberry, a small frozen yogurt is about 100 calories toped with fresh fruit. This is the perfect dessert alternative and definitely delicious!

Charles River Bread Company:

Located in the GSU, the Charles River Bread Company has a variety of healthy choices in their “build your own sandwich” option. As long as you are conscious of what you are eating, this is a great place to get an quick bite to eat. They have a wide selection of wheat and multigrain breads, wraps, and more to choose from as an alternative to white products. The CRBC also has a half salad, half sandwich option.

Healthy Blends:

Located in our beautiful Fitness Recreational Center, Healthy Blends is the perfect ending to a workout. With several smoothies to pick from and make-you-own fruit and yogurt parfaits, going to Healthy Blends will start your day off right. After an extensive workout, it is important to keep your body hydrated and energized. This conveniently located and healthy option is here to make sure you don’t cheat yourself in your workout.

Why so many problems, BU?

By Marie Goldstein, Features Staff Writer

Since 2010, Boston University has generated over a dozen hysterical and relatable Twitter accounts run by BU students. Student Twitter enthusiasts can agree that whether they are studying in Mugar or trolling the streets of Allston, the students behind these accounts seem to read their minds and tweet something to make everyone laugh. Specifically, accounts such as @HarvardHoochies, @BUgirlproblems and @BUSGproblems explain the woes of being a BU girl.

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